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The Proud and Profane (June 13, 1956)

Deborah Kerr, William Holden
 

Released on June 13, 1956: (running time 1 hour and 51 minutes) A meek Red Cross volunteer falls in love with an arrogant bombastic Marine.

Produced by William Perlberg

Directed by George Seaton

The Actors: William Holden (Lieutenant Colonel Colin Black), Deborah Kerr (Lee Ashley), Thelma Ritter (Kate Connors), Dewey Martin (Eddie Wodcik), William Redfield (Chaplain Lieutenant J.G. Holmes), Ross Bagdasarian (Louie), Adam Williams (Eustace Press), Marion Ross (Joan), Theodore Newton (Bob Kilpatrick), Richard Shannon (Major), Peter Hansen (Lieutenant J.G. Hutchins), Claude Akins (big soldier), Genevieve Aumont (Lili Carere), Nina Borget (French woman), George Brenlin (casualty), Lorayne Brox (Sissie), Joe Corey (sailor), Evelyn Cotton (Beth), Maynard Ferguson (trumpet player in dance scene), Mickey Finn (Navy officer), Ron Foster (Bolton), Frank Gorshin (Harry), Paul Grant (sailor), Alvin Greenman (Santa Claus), Geraldine Hall (Helen), Don House (Marine), Lester Hoyle (Navy Corpsman), Morgan Jones (G.I.), Bob Kenaston (soldier), Terry MacRae (Lieutenant Dean), Taylor Middleton (Corporal), Tom Middleton (Corporal), Anthony Moran (Carl), Joseph Moran (Marine saying good bye), Ann Morriss (Pat), Freeman Morse (Paul), Robert Morse (casualty), Ian Murray (government official), Jimmy Ogg (Jerry), John Pavelko (serviceman), Jack Richardson (sailor), Ruth Rickaby (hostess at Red Cross club), Don Roberts (Lieutenant Fowler), Elizabeth Slifer (French woman), Olive Stacey (Red Cross woman), Nancy Stevens (Evvie), Ray Stricklyn (casualty), Melvin Tecktiel (injured soldier), Joe Turkel (patient with cards), Richard Tyler (Ralph), Ward Wood (Sergeant Chester Peckinpaugh)

 

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The Prim and Proper Widow, the Arrogant Half-Breed Marine, and Clara

Actor Ronald Regan married actress Nancy Davis on March 4, 1952. Ronald Reagan was famous for acting in parts that showed him as a happy, hard-working good-guy. Reagan’s best man at this wedding was actor William Holden, who was rarely the happy, hard-working good guy in a movie. William Holden once said that he never enjoyed playing “nice-guy meaningless roles in meaningless movies.”

With his role in “Sunset Boulevard” he shed the good-guy image for good. He usually managed to be the not-quite-good guy that everyone loved to hate. He possibly gave the shortest acceptance speech in Academy Awards history on the night that he got the Best Actor Oscar for his role as a cynical, hard-nosed, hated prisoner in “Stalag 17.” He took the golden statue, turned to the audience, said, “Thank You,” and quickly walked off stage.

Despite his love of bad-guy parts, in 1956 when this movie was made, he was the top box office star, and the top actor that both men and women wanted to watch on screen. The following year William Holden starred in “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” for a handsome salary and ten percent of the gross receipts worldwide. That movie made him a multi-millionaire, changing his lifestyle forever after.

In this story we are in the most brutal days of World War Two in the Pacific, and he is Lieutenant Colonel Colin Black, nicknamed ‘Monster’ Black by his men. He is one of the toughest men in the military, who believes that he and his men should stay as far away from the Red Cross volunteer ladies as possible.

He does not want his men to begin feeling homesick at the festive Red Cross Clubs. He wants his men to stay angry, mad, and determined to kill the enemy before they kill his men. Then he meets Deborah Kerr, playing a Red Cross volunteer named Lee Ashley. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

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